Donald Trump is not a ‘Life Long Democrat’
I touched on this in an earlier piece but was just watching Morning Joe and this is really getting out of hand. There is a lot of talk that Trump is going to work with Democrats now.
As I argued in this link, I don’t see it. But Eloise Jordan on Morning Joe-she’s a former Rand Paul adviser-just said a few things about Trump that are totally wrong.
To be sure, Morning Joe and another guest were really trying to sell the idea that Trump is going to work with the Democrats next. Joe himself pointed out that this is what Newt did in the 90s to Joe and his Right wing buddies when they couldn’t get the votes. See? Republicans can never govern without the help of Democrats.
Steve Ratner pointed out that it would be hard for Democrats to work with Trump as they like seeing him and the GOP twist in the wind. True. As I argued in the above link, yes, Democrats would work with the GOP assuming they really are willing to negotiate. But everything about them tells you they aren’t.
Getting Democratic buy in means offering the Dems something they really want-and the GOP doesn’t want in exchange for something the GOP really wants and the Dems don’t want. That’s negotiating, that’s why it’s hard.
But then Elise Jordan said something that is a very common shibboleth regarding Donald Trump. She said he’s ‘Ideology free and a Democrat his whole life or most of his life.’
No he has not been. You know me-I believe in keep your friends close and your enemies closer, so I read Roger Stone’s 2016 book.
Heck, it should be very useful for me in my goal of:
1. Beating Peter King in the NY-2 District next year
2. Getting in a Congressional hearing where I get to personally question Roger Stone at length.
3. That’s my dream anyway. If you want to help me make it a reality please donate.
Thank you. We must have a Dem House. And so, we will.
For more on my recent poll against arch Trump loyalist and Islamophobe Peter King see here.
But I digress. In point of fact, as Roger Stone himself documents in his 2016 book, Trump is not a ‘lifelong Democrat’ nor has he been a Democrat for most of his life. In truth he-like his father, Fred Trump, before him-has been a Republican for most of his life.
In 1999 Trump with Roger Stone advising him, toyed with running on the Reform ticket. Trump played with it and while he never ran, he did manage to destroy Pat Buchanan’s Reform candidacy-by relentlessly calling him a Nazi; which is both very true and very ironic.
Evidently, destroying Buchanan’s candidacy-not running on the Reform ticket himself-was the real goal all along.
“…during the contentious 2000 election, Stone played a role in convincing Trump to run as a Reform Party candidate against Pat Buchanan, who was threatening to take votes away from establishment Republican candidate George W. Bush. Ames writes that Trump ran as a Reform Party candidate “only to drop out of the race, and attack Buchanan’s Reform Party as a cesspool full of Hitler lovers and racists”—an interesting line of attack from a man who currently has the support of white-supremacist and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.”
In the book Stone reveals that Trump re-registered as a Republican after the Reform party tease. Indeed, Trump’s ‘Democrat period’ seems to have been very short: basically 2004. Yes, he got a lot of mileage when he said in an interview that year that ‘historically the economy does better under Democrats’ which is true.
But what’s interesting is he never took his own ‘advice.’ He was a ‘Democrat’ for a very short period and then he was a Republican again.
As for this Democratic period, it seems the main thrust was to get Al Sharpton to run in the 2004 primary, disrupt it by calling Howard Dean a racist, and destroying Dean’s candidacy.
“As it turns out, Al Sharpton entered the 2004 Democratic primaries on the payroll and orders of Roger Stone, who directed Sharpton’s attacks from the race politics-left against Howard Dean. And as the New York Times revealed that year, it was Donald Trump who took credit for introducing Al Sharpton—a one-time FBI informant—to his old friend and lobbyist, GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone.”
That was 2004. So he was a Republican in 2000, a Democrat in 2004 but by 2008 he was already a Republican again-remember he has talked about how he supported John McCain who has shown him no gratitude, etc.
By the way, this, I have theorized, is why Al Sharpton failed to ever endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016; Trump and Stone called in their favor. After all, their very generous bankrolling of his Dem primary effort in 2004 directly led to him becoming a major MSNBC pundit.
The takeaways I’m driving at here:
1. First as a strictly empirical matter, Trump is not a life long Democrat, he has not ‘Been a Democrat almost his whole life’ but quite the opposite. He was a Republican most of his life as his father was before him. This is particularly notable in NYC.
2. But he himself has deliberately obscured this fact over a period of many years-perhaps in part as there are so many Democrats in NY and he realized admitting he was really a Republican might not be great for business.
3. You can look at Trump’s entire public trajectory in discussing politics publicly from that playing around with the Reform candidacy in 2000, to the alleged ‘Democrat phase’ with Stone and Al Sharpton-and see him and Roger Stone as laying the groundwork for his eventual 2016. run.
The notion that he’s a different type of Republican that he’s ‘ideology free’ is based on his very carefully crafted statements on politics over a period of years that all lent to the idea that he’s not an ideological conservative Republican when that’s exactly what he is. Can anyone deny that he’s further to the Right rather than less far to previous Republican Administrations?
Look at Gorsuch. Look at his cabinet. Look at what he tried to do to our healthcare system. Sometimes when the swastika fits…
4. The illusion that Trump is either a Democrat, or ‘independent’, or is ‘ideology free’ helped him a lot in winning the election.
While he and Roger Stone’s blag bag operation worked brilliantly for the GOP, the downside to it, is Trump lacks the mandate to do what the party wants to do.
But let’s not kid a kidder. Trump is a Republican of the Extreme Right and is very unlikely to offer the Dems the kind of legitimate negotiations to secure their support.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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Thank you. We must have a Dem House. And so, we will.